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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (22 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057540065X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575400658
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 678,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joan Aiken, English-born daughter of American poet Conrad Aiken, began her writing career in the 1950s. Working for Argosy magazine as a copy editor but also as the anonymous author of articles and stories to fill up their pages, she was adept at inventing a wealth of characters and fantastic situations, and went on to produce hundreds of stories for Good Housekeeping, Vogue, Vanity Fair and many other magazines. Some of those early stories became novels, such as The Silence of Herondale, first published fifty years ago in 1964. Although her first agent famously told her to stick to short stories, saying she would never be able to sustain a full-length novel, Joan Aiken went on to win the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for The Whispering Mountain, and the Edgar Alan Poe award for her adult novel Night Fall. Her best known children's novel, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, was acclaimed by Time magazine as 'a genuine small masterpiece'. In 1999 she was awarded an MBE for her services to children's literature, and although best known as a children's writer, Joan Aiken wrote many adult novels, both modern and historical, with her trademark wit and verve. Many have a similar gothic flavour to her children's writing, and were much admired by readers and critics alike. As she said 'The only difference I can see is that children's books have happier endings than those for adults.' You have been warned . . .

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By HL on 5 July 2003
Format: Paperback
Joan Aiken’s attempt to re-write Jane Austen’s unfinished early piece, “The Watsons”, is far inferior to her take on “Emma” from Jane Fairfax’s point of view (in a novel named after its heroine, “Jane Faifax”), and it does not have the saving grace of “Jane Fairfax” by a semi-entertaining story with fairly believable characters.
Emma Watson, aged 19, is returned to her impoverished family, of 3 sisters and 2 brothers. One brother, Robert, is rich and affluent, but disagreeable, and is married to an equally disagreeable woman. Another brother, Sam, is good-natured, and a budding surgeon. Elizabeth, the eldest sister, is kind and hard-working, and is suffering from a disappointed love of many years ago (rather like Anne Elliot of “Persuasion”). But the other two sisters, Penelope and Margaret, are pretentious and scheming. Emma’s gracefulness draw the attention of a wealthy peer, Lord Osborne, and his former tutor, the gentlemanlike Mr. Howard, who is loved by Lady Osborne, Osborne’s elegant mother.
Aiken keeps true to some of Austen’s intentions in her characterization. She does not attempt to reform any sister, as Joan Coates’ completion (“The Watsons”) did Penelope. However, in all other respects she changes both plot and characters.
For example, the would-be triangle between Howard, Osborne and Emma is reduced to nothing. Neither of the men is particularly appealing, and both are weak-spirited and/or weak-minded. The relationship between Emma and her final choice is so negligible that it is barely developed in several pages. The same can be said for Elizabeth’s relationship with her own destined spouse.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lilacstar on 29 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
I had managed to get my hands on several variations of The Watsons by various authors as i love Jane Austen and like many other readers wished she had been able to complete this work. This is the first 'completion' i have read and i must say that it put me off reading any of the others for now. Emma was not endearing to readers, Mr Howard was unlikable and the man Emma ended up with hardly appeared in the book at all. It seemed flung together with none of the characters really being explored. I feel like the author ran out of ideas and just decided to kill a few people off for something to happen in the story. Additionally, i thought the author tried to hard to make the reader believe she was knowledgeable about the period she was writing about - i have read many 'spin-offs' and other historical works which have managed this effortlessly. I usually finish books pretty quickly but i kept having to put this one down and return to it after a few days which was very irritating
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